Two of the southwest’s leading Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence charities, Twelves Company and Skoodhya Ltd, have announced they have merged under the name ‘First Light’.

The merger represents a landmark moment for victims and survivors of violence and abuse. It will help secure the long-term future and quality of existing services in Plymouth and Cornwall and strengthen First Light’s abilities to support people affected by Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.


First Light is an award-winning* local charity that believes in a world where everyone lives in safety, free from violence and abuse.  The charity has provided exceptional services to people affected by Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in Plymouth and Cornwall for twenty-five years. To find out how to get support, fundraise for us or simply to find out a little more, please visit our website


Tom Dingwall, Chief Executive of First Light said: “We are delighted to have completed the merger of Skoodhya and Twelves Company. The charities have an excellent track record and both share a vision for the future and person-centred values.  Joining under the banner Stronger Together, the merger allows us to combine our considerable expertise and skills to put people we support at the centre of everything we do.  I am really excited about our future, the opportunities this brings and the prospect of launching our fundraising initiatives.”


*GHP Social Care Awards 2017 – Best UK Domestic Abuse Victim Support.  West Briton Community Safety Awards 2014.   Reed UK & Ireland 2014 – Not For Profit Manager of the Year.  Centre for Social Justice Awards 2006